1951

William Rielly ’51 died April 8, 2024, at the age of 97. Bill was a proud graduate of Santa Clara University and found success with a long career in mechanical engineering. Bill loved watching the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers. He was one of seven children and his greatest treasure was his […]

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1951

Anthony Doyle ’51 was a veteran of World War II and an accomplished engineer  at General Electric and Keystone Consolidated Industries. Tony was a family man, raising eight children with his wife, Jeanne Marie, of 47 years. Tony wholeheartedly supported the education and careers of his children and encouraged their success at every opportunity. He […]

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1951

Marko Susnjara ’51 knew there was power in laughter, and loved to tell a good joke. Born to Croatian immigrants in Portland, Ore., Marko attended Catholic high school and Santa Clara. Shortly after graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School and served in the U.S. Army as an “Atomic Veteran” at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada. […]

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1951

Jim de Lorimier ’51 was the seventh of nine children and a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula. He met his wife, Rita, in Latin class at Pacific Grove High School. After Santa Clara, Jim joined the U.S. Navy and served as a communications officer aboard the USS Manchester during the Korean War. Following the […]

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1951

A storyteller at heart, Donald Absey ’51 always had a yarn to spin, from his adventures in boyhood and his proud memories in the U.S. Navy to his travels across California. With a love for theater nurtured by his mother, Don loved to captivate a group, a skill he put to work as a docent […]

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1951

After earning an engineering degree from Santa Clara, Donald Javete ’51 receive his master’s degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He then became the managing partner at Dames & Moore in San Francisco and went on to a successful private consulting career. Javete was also a […]

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1951

Eugene Edward “Gene” Feltz JD ’51 joined the Navy immediately after high school graduation in May 1945.  After his service, the legal profession was a natural fit for a man like Gene, who relished a vigorous debate and loved to dispense advice, solicited or not. Gene died July 25, 2021, and survived by his family, including […]

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1951

San Jose native John Walter Wilhelmy ’50 was known for his dry sense of humor, twinkling eyes, and love of dancing. A gracious gentleman, he attended many dances including in Concord, Pleasant Hill and Lafayette tea dances, and dances at Rossmoor and the Diablo Dance Club. He also loved traveling with his wife, Isabel, with whom […]

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1951

Anton W. Kerckhoff ’51 maintained a Martindale-Hubbell Five-Star rating throughout his long career as an estate planning attorney. He was also an integral figure in the Covina, Calif. community regarding water issues. He served a term as the president of the Pomona Valley Bar Association and was legal counsel for the Covina Irrigating Company of […]

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1951

Gifted with perfect pitch, Donnell David Iden ’51 grew up with a piano and an accordion as a child and became an accomplished ragtime pianist. He was the life of every party. In 1964, he bought the Country Kitchen restaurant and Country Lanes Bowl in Gridley, California, and with his wife, Betty, would spend the next […]

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1951

W. “Hall” Evans ’51 was recognized for his lifetime engineering achievements with the Santa Clara University Distinguished Engineer Award in 1999. Hall was ambitious, founding Evans Engineering & Air Balance to commission the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems of large construction projects in Southern California in 1958. Yearly Christmas cards depicted recent adventures with wife […]

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1951

The “Tomato King” was a lucky man—he found love twice. Leonard Goscila ’51 earned his nickname farming tomatoes on his family’s land after serving in the U.S. Army. His work grew into brokering produce under the company name Bay Area Produce. He found love with Carol Jean Eichinger and married her in 1951. They raised […]

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1951

After earning his degree in mechanical engineering, Robert Ebert ’51 moved to West Los Angeles to work as a draftsman for North American Aviation. His career led him to the San Gabriel Valley where he met the love of his life, Nella Pizzinat. In the early 1960s, Bob traded in his slide-rules for a computer, […]

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1951

Phillip Bettencourt ’51, M.A. ’74 taught at Sunnyvale High School and Monte Vista High School for 32 years. He was an Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. Phil was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Auburn Lodge #1691 for 58 years. He held the offices of Exalted Ruler […]

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1951

Ned Biglieri ’51 spent 43 years as an engineer at General Electric, starting in Schenectady, New York, and later transferring to the Nuclear Energy division in San Jose. After retirement, Ned volunteered at Martha’s Kitchen and was active at St. Christopher Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound. He also […]

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1951

William R. Kenny Jr. ’51 was born on Dec. 19, 1929, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of the late William Robert Sr. and Nina Clark Kenny. Bob was a college history professor and owner of an insurance agency for a number of years. He was also a member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Murrysville, Pennsylvania. […]

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1951

A much-beloved Jesuit, professor, and prolific author, Fr. James V. Schall ’51, MST ’64 was born in Pocahontas, Iowa, on Jan. 20, 1928. Educated in public schools in Iowa, he graduated in 1945 from Knoxville, Iowa High, and then attended SCU. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University in 1955 and after time […]

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1951

John H. “Jack” Bartlett ’51 was born on July 14, 1928, in Endicott, a son of the late Olfred and Grace Stoddard Bartlett. Jack was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Army. He was an employee of IBM Owego for 30 years and was and avid baseball fan—the Detroit Tigers were his […]

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1951

Stephen P. Pista ’51, better known by his family as Stevie, was born on Feb. 1, 1928, in Watsonville to Mitchell V. Pista, who emigrated from the Konavle Valley, Croatia, and Katherine (Knego) Pista. Stevie spent all of his life in Watsonville, where he attended Moreland Notre Dame School and was a graduate of Watsonville […]

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1951

Patrick Lee Kennedy ’51 was born on Jan. 20, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio, to Robert and Mary Kennedy. He served in the Army during WWII in the 69th division, from 1944 to 1946. He married Sonia Rudakawycz on Sept. 5, 1950, in Canada before graduating from SCU. Pat and Sonia had four children, Mary, Mark […]

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